As per one recent report, about one in every six adult citizens of the United States took a psychiatric drug, and most of the times the drug was related to these categories- antipsychotics, antidepressants, or sedatives. They took the drug at least once in the year 2013. The journal was published by the JAMA Internal Medicine.
Considering the fact that the outcomes of the report were obtained from self-reported data, therefore the real figures may turn out to be even higher. Most importantly, the research figured out, that older adults, particularly between the age of 60 and 85 are among the highest consumers of such medicines. In fact, over 25 percent of people falling within the age bracket of 60 and 85 accepted that they took psychiatric drugs.
On the other hand, only 9 percent of the candidates between the age of 18 and 39 took such drugs in 2013. Lastly, 18 percent of the candidates within the age bracket of 40 and 59 consumed psychiatric drugs. In this regard, a professional of psychiatry from the famous Washington University, Dr. Eric Lenze said that initially these drugs were used in the case of middle-aged adults.
However, with the passage of time, more and more numbers of older adults are going for these drugs. It is important to mention that these drugs can cause issues like cognitive impairment in the older people. For this reason, it is important to spread the awareness, and people need to know about the ill effects of taking such drugs.